Heidi’s Day in the Life (13-, 9-, 4- and 1-year-old)
Day In the Life
Everything from unloading the dishwasher to individual school tasks to who is going to clear the
dinner table. Kids mark things off as they are completed and when their lists are done they get 30
minutes of screen time. The list may look like a lot of items, but everything is usually done by noon
or so (longer on days that we dawdle in the mornings or drop everything and do something fun).
I’ve received many requests to share an editable copy of this but that takes a lot of work and the needs
of your family are going to be so different than ours that I think you’ll be much better off making
your own checklist. (I still love you, though!)
I have a child who is VERY motivated by screen time. So he has the opportunity to earn extra time
daily by doing things that I think are very important that he might complain about me adding to
his list otherwise. With the promise of a few minutes of minecraft time, his attitude is completely
positive and he often does things from this list without being asked:
start morning time by 9:30 each morning, after folding a load of laundry, making a plan for dinner,
helping Elijah practice violin and making/eating/cleaning up breakfast all together.
This is the heart and soul of our homeschool day. We sit together, pray, sing a hymn, read scriptures
and read uplifting and inspiring books. ( Read more about our morning time here.) We do part of a
history lesson most days (we’re currently using The Good and the Beautiful year one and we LOVE it), and
then some science or art and then we move on to individual work.
We have a once-a-month co-op that we just love. It’s called Culture Club and we meet together with
two other homeschool families (our dear friends) to do short presentations about the culture or time period we’ve been learning about that month. (See our friend’s presentation on Brazil above). We do field trips periodically with this group as well.
Fridays are Nature Days. We do a more laid back Morning Time, and then head out for a hike or other nature activity with friends. We adore this group of like-minded families and spending time outside together often is one of my favorite parts of homeschooling.
After lessons and practices are over, we gather at home for dinner and a quick house clean up.
After dinner we put The Littles to bed (after books, songs, etc.), enjoy some time with just The Bigs. I read aloud to them, we read scriptures as a family and then send them on their way as well.
Jason and I get to have a little time together to watch an episode of a show (I often knit or work on embroidery while we watch), eat secret snacks and/or read our current books before we finally crash into bed as well.
I am so grateful for this messy, loud, full and lovely life of mine. I love learning alongside my little people and experiencing so much together.